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Mr Justica Sim sat tUi:~ morning to hear two petitions for dissolution of marriage. —Thwait-es v. Tluvaitts.— Mary Thwaitcs, of .Seaward Downs, Southland, petitioned for tiio dissolution of her marriage with Jolm Thwaites, now a storenian residing at Tokonui. The putitiori set" fortli that the pari,i-->3 were mim«l on the 2'Uli at Haldane, by the Kev. C-.'A. Cray; that they lived at (iieuham ami (tiara, subsequently at. tin. 1 lin lit houses at Centre Point and Point, and eventually :,i I.eith Valley. Dimeiiii!. Two children v.cro born of the marriage. In Xovemht.i' of 1903, when l:viii£ at Loith Valk-y, T'hwaitcw descrt-cd his 'wiie without just cause, and the desertion had I seen continuous for upwards of live years. Mr Seurr, nppeariu,.' for the petitioner, said that m> appearance had heon tiled by the Im-hand. Some tims alter the marriage Thwaites engaged an a. light-hoi]r-e-keep"r, and subsequently they came to Leith ValU-v, near Duaedin, where Mrs Thwaites's parents resided. Wlien they moved to Dr.ueuin tho hu-band v,orked as a casual laborer. In November of 1908, without assigning any reason except to say that ho was point; to look for work, ho went away. Theie had been some \mhappiness 'previous to that, owing to imreasonable jealousy on hie part. Three years later, when Mrs Thwaites was in \lataura, she became verv ill, and se:>t for h"r husband's mother l"> look after the. two children. The mother took the clul- I dron, and stiil had them. They were supported hv the hucdiaud, so no application was made by thu petitioner for the custody of the children. Petitioner, in the co-.use ot her evidence, .said that Thwa.iU.-o came, back in the Juno following hv desertion, ami wanted the children, but, she would not let him have th-ni. She had _ supported h-reelf by working' as a domestic seivaut. Five years a-o July the Court m Dunedin made an order that ThwaiW was to m? the children. There was no order for her maintenance. . Corroborative evidence was given by Malcolm Kosie, petitioner's brother. His Honor granted a. decree nisi, with costs againet the husband. —Tlitt v. Hitt.— The petitioner.! Frederick Mitt, of Dunedhi tel«'r'i-aprti>t. for severance from \meli-i. Marv Hitt. set forth thai they wire | married on the 30th March. 1909, at Oaversimm, bv the Pev. 11. U. M. Sutherland; that there vwre three children; that thev lived at iw f"ur years, then ut'Caversham until April ot 1910, when the husband eiascd cohabitation owing to domestic differences, but since then.'had maintained his wife. 'Hie petitioner alleged that in or about January ot 19U his 'wife broke her marriage vow, that, she had confessed to him and to other persons that she had misconducted herself with on-e James Lawson. and that inquiries as to tlv; identity and address of this J:ini.-6 Liiwson had failed to disclose any rel'able information. Mr Stephens, who appeared for the i petitioner, said in opening the caso that. when Mrs Hit. wanted to shift to Caver- , slam so as to be near her relatives tho I husbi'tid obic:ted, s?.ving that then- dit- ; I ferencca had arisen through relations' in- . terference. but eventually he agieed to go , !to Caversham for a. while. I lungs be-, I cam* acute, and he left. Before leavmg j ha offered to live with hi™ wife anywhere. , I except at Caversham. where her people; i were, and Koslyn, where lu.s relatives; j lived, but she refused. , ; Petitioner said m tin- course ot Ins evidence that nfter the marriage tney were not happv together. The wife v.-as always wantinc to shiil to Caversham. lie even- ; tuallv "a-Tot<i. but on condition that no, onlv"staved there, till the strangeness wore oil'* He* was ui.dite.iicd of the interference ; rf her people. Thero wan further inter- j f.-i-'-ueo at. Cuvcrr.hum, and things got so 1 iha*-- he left in April of 1913. and had I n«v''i- lived with his' wife ante, though he had twice met her in the street. When he left her he went to Ib.dyn. leaving her , jn the nome with the, three children. Ho i had paid from £6 to £6 15k a month for their maintenance. On the Bth August ]a*t he and Daniel Berry |pnvaU> inquiry agent) went to Michllemaich and saw Mrs Tfitt the'-c. She had two of the children with her. Slie admitted she had been , unfaithful, and ment : oned the. name of ; Tim I.awson. erd added thai when Law-; eon found she wna in a fix ho went away, ; eh* thought to Christ church. j Daniel Rmtv corroborated the petitioner's evidence. ,_,... D-ecres nisi j tho husband to nave custody of the children.

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DIVORCES IN DUNEDIN, Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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DIVORCES IN DUNEDIN Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914